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Source: Suspect in Buffalo Mass Shooting May Have Left Area

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- A source tells 2 On Your Side the primary suspect in Saturday's mass shooting at the City Grill on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo may have left Western New York.

The source says the individual police are searching for is believed to be in North Carolina or South Carolina.

Tuesday, police searched the Ferry-Grider homes in Buffalo and told residents there they were looking for a bald, African-American male, between 25 and 30-years-old.  However, police would not officially release a description of the suspect to the media.

Minor Mishap Involving Metro Rail Train

BUFFALO, NY - NFTA Officials are investigating the cause of a minor accident involving a Metro Train.

It happened in downtown Buffalo Thursday afternoon and involved a train with three cars that was heading into the yards at Main near Scott Street.

A piece of the concrete on a nearby platform was knocked off and will need to be repaired.

No passengers were on the train at the time.

Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!

State Senator Antoine Thompson Birthday Greeting Angers Constituents

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. - Call it a birthday greeting gone bad.

Several Grand Island residents are complaining to 2 On Your Side about something that recently came in the mail from State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo).

"I was very upset," said Grand Island Resident Michael Pontikos. "And I still am."

The greeting is a generic birthday card mailer from Senator Thompson. The mailer is complete with his photo and a birthday wish. And all of it is printed, paid for, and mailed with state taxpayer dollars.

Ed Shelp, also of Grand Island, showed us the same card sent to his wife Rosemarie.

"I think it's wrong," Shelp said. "Why should we all be paying for something where he's campaigning, or whatever he's doing, and we have got pay for it. Let it come out of his own pocket."

Senator Thompson refused an interview with us Wednesday, but 2 On Your Side Photojournalist Norm Fisher caught up with Thompson recently.

Buffalo Business Board Meets to Discuss Downtown Concerns

BUFFALO, NY-- The Board of Directors of Buffalo Place, Inc. held its monthly meeting Wednesday, but the issue of crime in regards to the weekend shooting, took center stage.

Developers, businessmen, and bar owners met to discuss how the recent outbreak in crime could impact their businesses. All agreed it was a tragic and rare occurrence, but they also realize that public perception is a reality. The downtown area has recently taken several hits to its pubic image.

Brian Patterson, Chief of Downtown District Police, spoke to a group about several law enforcement ideas that could be put into action. One idea was implementing a paddy wagon, so multiple offenders could be detained at once with little impact on man-power.

Patterson also talked about having officers walking more focused beats, an increased emphasis on curfew enforcement, and better communication between business owners and law enforcement.

Kaleida's Global Vascular Institute Gets Federal Funding Boost

BUFFALO, NY-Congressman Brian Higgins and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter were on hand Thursday to turn over nearly $300,000 in federal funds for Kaleida Health's new heart and vascular institute currently under construction next to Buffalo General Hospital.

The funds bring the total to over $608,000 awarded to the project, which is due for completion in the fall of 2011. The money will be used to buy equipment and technology for the flagship medical facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The new building will house five floors of Kaleida Health's $173 million merger of its cardiac, stroke and vascular operations, plus a new and expanded emergency department. When done, it will house nearly 600 patient beds, 30 operating rooms, 17 labs, as well as four CT scanners and four MRIs.


Buffalo's Chippewa Street Could Become An Adult Entertainment District

BUFFALO, NY - "I think we need to begin having a conversation," began Buffalo Police B District Chief Brian Patterson, as he addressed a meeting of about two dozen downtown bar and restaurant owners Monday.

"Anyone who has spent any time on Chippewa Street knows an element exists which brings with it excessive loitering and a propensity for violence in the late hours," Patterson said.

And while many of those who make their livelihood in the area agree things have gotten out of hand, the ideas brought forth to find solutions provided some spirited debate among them.

One idea being considered is to designate Chippewa and surrounding streets as an "adult entertainment district", and restrict access to those areas at night solely to those over 21.